Surgery

We understand that surgery can be a stressful experience for both patients and loved ones. Our goal is to give you excellent care and a safe surgical experience. We will do our best to keep you comfortable and well informed during your visit. The following information will help you know what to expect, and how to come well prepared, for you or your loved ones upcoming surgery at our Bramhall Campus or Scarborough Surgery Center.

Pre-Registration & Pre-Admission Screening

Pre-Registration

Once you have your date of surgery, you can pre-register. It is important to do this as soon as possible so your medical record may be started. Please have your health insurance information available.

You can register the following ways:

  • Online
  • By calling (207) 662-2433 or (800) 619-9715, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Pre-Admission Screening

Once your surgery date is scheduled and you have pre-registered, the pre-admission screening office will mail you an appointment to meet with the anesthesia nurse practitioner and the pre-operative nurse. Your surgeon may decide that a phone call appointment will take care of this instead. In that case, a pre-admission nurse will call you about one week before your surgery.

At this time, a nurse will ask you about:

  • Name, doses, and times of your medications (this includes aspirin, herbal medication, and inhalers)
  • Allergies
  • Health problems and past surgeries
  • History of anesthesia complications or post-op nausea

Please let your surgeon know:

  • If you are on blood thinners
  • If you have a cold, fever, or change in your medical condition during the week before your surgery

Learn about our Pre-operative Readiness Education Program (PREP) ›

Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery

All patients over 16 years of age:

  • No food or milk after midnight (regardless of time of surgery).
  • You may drink water, apple juice, black coffee, or black tea up to 4 hours before surgery.

All patients under 16 years of age:

  • No food or milk after midnight (regardless of the time of surgery).
  • Up until 2 hours before surgery: may have clear liquids (water, apple juice, white grape juice, cranberry juice).
  • Up until 4 hours before surgery: may have breast milk.
  • Up until 6 hours before surgery: may have formula or milk.

Day of Surgery

  • Bring an accurate list of your medications with their doses as well as your medications in their original containers.
  • If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP please bring it with you.
  • Bring two forms of ID (insurance card and photo ID).
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Come showered, wear no jewelry or makeup.
  • Remove body piercings.
  • Bring a case for your glasses, contacts, and dentures.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing i.e., sweat pants for surgery and large button down shirt for shoulder surgeries.
  • If you have been given any special equipment i.e., walker, crutches to be used after your surgery please bring with you.

Relaxation Techniques

Some people have anxiety and stress when they come to the hospital. Maine Medical Center offers a free class to help you understand these feelings. Relaxation skills can help patients recover more quickly. Our program teaches mind/body exercises. You will have the chance to develop a personal plan that meets your needs.

  • Breathing exercises
  • Music
  • Imagery
  • Positive thinking

Our program is free to any patient scheduled for surgery or tests. This one hour class is taught by nurses skilled in using and teaching relaxation techniques for therapeutic benefits.

Please register to attend this program by calling Preparing Your Mind for Surgery Program at (207) 396-7280.

For Children & Parents

Buddy Bear Goes to the Hospital (Scarborough Surgery Center)

With parents and a favorite toy nearby, children feel more secure. Parents and children learn about surgery together through the Buddy Bear Program. This includes a video, coloring book, and a cuddly stuffed bear - all designed to help children overcome their fears about surgery.

The Buddy Bear Program is for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old who are scheduled for surgery at the Scarborough Surgery Center. We can schedule an appointment for you and your child to take the Buddy Bear Tour.

On the day of the tour, you and your child will come to the Surgery Center waiting area for the Buddy Bear slide show. Then we will tour the pre-op area where patients wait before surgery. Next, we will visit the operating room for a look at the equipment. The final area we visit is the pediatric recovery area that has bright colors with planets, stars, and moons. At the end of the tour, we will have refreshments, and each child will be given a stuffed animal, as well as a Buddy Bear coloring book.

The program is held every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Scarborough Surgery Center Conference Room. Please call (207) 396-7222 to enroll your child.

Tips for Parents

We appreciate the special needs and concerns of children and their families who need surgery.

Here are some tips to make the day less stressful:

  • Bring a favorite bottle or sippy cup for your child.
  • Bring your child's favorite blanket, stuffed animal, hand-held game, or toy.
  • One parent or a legal guardian must remain on the premises.
  • Parents: eat breakfast or pack some snacks for yourself so you are not hungry. You can better care for your child after surgery if you don't feel hungry.
  • You will want and need to give your full attention to your child who is having surgery on that day. Please leave siblings at home with a sitter or family member.

After Surgery

MMC Bramhall Campus

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

After surgery, your loved one will recover in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Please read over the information below so you know what to do and what to expect:

  • The PACU is a critical care area with many patients. To ensure the privacy of all patients, please stay focused on your family members during your visit.
  • There are computers in the family waiting area where you can check on the progress of your loved one.
  • Each patient is cared for by a registered nurse.
  • Families are asked not to bring children under 15 years of age to the PACU.
  • We are unable to provide supervision for children in the waiting room.
  • Visitors are asked not to bring food into the unit.
  • Cell phones cannot be used in the unit. We can tell you where you may use your phone.

Short Stay Unit (SSU)

The Short Stay Unit is a unit where we care for patients who are 18 years and older, and that need to recover at the hospital for 1-2 days after their surgery or procedure. Our team is dedicated to helping you through the healing process. We promote your independence and encourage you to ask for our help and support whenever you need it.

MMC Scarborough Surgery Center

After surgery, you will be taken to the Recovery area. There are registered nurses specially trained to care for you as you wake up from anesthesia. The Customer Service Representative in the Waiting Area will make sure your family is kept updated.

Your support person may join you at your bedside when you are feeling up to it. You will be discharged when you are safely ready. The nurse will give you written and verbal discharge instructions about your diet, activity, medications, and home care before you leave.